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The Altamont Junior High Marching Wildcats glide-step their way through the annual Altamont Halloween Parade held on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Altamont Grade School educators receiving $50 gift cards from Wal-Mart included (first row, from the left) Nikki Worman, Stacy Zerrusen, Cheryl Jackman, Brenda Hammer, Sally Zimmerman, Ashley Meers and librarian Sue Poe; and (second row, from the left) Kelsey Leitschuh, Kris Ledbetter, Laurie Akeman, Carrie Schultz, Laura Arney, Ellen Walk, Corletta Bowen, social worker Amy Ruckman and Molly Hartke.

The Royal Neighbors of America #5784 celebrated Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 25 by delivering “baskets of hope” to Fayette County veterans currently residing in nursing homes.  Left to right, Corey Hoopengarner, Natalie Hoopengarner, Cap Haslett, Marsha Lilly-Wright, and Tanner Wright.

Kevin Hall (left) and Matthew Deal are "making the laps" during Brownstown Elementary School’s 23rd Red Ribbon Week Walk/Run held Oct. 20-24. Family and friends joined the students on the track showing support for making good decisions and remaining drugfree. The accumulated laps for the week were 3,480 track laps, or roughly 870 miles.

Max Hollingshead delivers Heath bars and good humor to donor James Rogers during the clubʼs annual candy sale.


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Shepardʼs death ruled accidental Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 November 2014 12:39

Effingham County Coroner Duane Guffey is releasing further information on the recent death of Amelia Dawn Shepard. The child, 11 months old, was found unresponsive at a babysitter's residence in rural Altamont.
911 was called. Emergency medical professionals responded and transported Shepard to St. Anthonyʼs Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 3:45pm on Sept. 16.
After all final reports were received and investigations completed, it was determined that she had passed away due to asphyxiation and the manner of her death was ruled accidental.
Shepard's death was investigated by the Southern Illinois Child Death Task Force, consisting of Illinois State Police, Effingham County Sheriff's Department, DCFS and the Effingham Coroner's Office. Also assisting was the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services.

4-H members and leaders honored at local awards program on Nov. 8 Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 November 2014 12:37

Over 60 members of the 4-H community attended the Fayette County 4-H Achievement Program on Saturday, Nov. 8 to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth and leaders for the 2013-14 4-H Year.
The Friend of 4-H Award recognizes a person or organization whose leadership, actions, and support have contributed to the improvement and promotion of the Fayette County 4-H Youth Development Program.
This year’s recipient was Buck Stop Archery for their contributions to the Fayette County 4-H Shooting Sports Club.

One year later Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 November 2014 12:25

Leaning against a wheel of Russell and Patricia Booherʼs camping trailer, rests a heart- shaped landscaping stone that reads:
"We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."
One year after a tornado destroyed their home and upended their lives, it is great perspective to have.
The Boohers, as well as their former neighbor Ina Abendroth, were victims of the tornado that touched down in rural St. Elmo this time last year. All three have spent the past year dealing with the aftermath. The Boohers are building a new home on the same ground, while Abendroth is living just outside of Brownstown.

Veterans honored Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 November 2014 12:28

Area veterans were honored by the Carriage House Event Center and Debʼs Catering on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. The lunchtime event was free for local veterans and open to all. The program included a meal, patriotic music performed by Altamont elementary and high school choirs, a presentation on the honor flight program by Judy Milleville, and a keynote address by World War II veteran Eldon Ooten. Ooten addressed his time in the 84th Infantry Division and his role in liberating Nazi concentration camp. The 91-year-old even wore his military uniform.

Quilt Top Shop opens its doors in Altamont Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 November 2014 11:20

After years of urging from her grandmother, Patti Myers finally took up machine quilting in 2005. Her grandmother, Mary Lockwood of Ramsey, who even in her 90s still quilts everyday, was searching for someone to carry on the quilting tradition in her family. After quitting her job to care for her ailing mother, Patti answered the call. Two years later, she opened The Quilt Top Shop in Ramsey, her hometown. Earlier this week, Patti, along with her husband Todd, opened her second store, this one in downtown Altamont.
“This is all Grandmaʼs fault,” she says with a smile.
Having grown tired of the constant search for good fabrics, she opened the Ramsey store to much success.

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